Few cities can take the breath away quite like Cambridge. It’s not just its tightly packed core of exquisite architecture, or even the mind-boggling mass of brain power that has passed through its world-famous university, but it’s also the sense of history, tradition and quirky ritual that only seems to deepen the more you discover.
Cambridge is very much a living city; its narrow streets are alive with the click and whirr of cyclists. But you can also relax in the manicured college gardens, punt along the beautiful river and roam in the lush water meadows that run out of the city.
Historic pubs echo with the same equal mix of intellectual banter and rowdy merrymaking that they have for centuries past. And a new generation of designer boutiques, coffee houses and slick nightlife venues is finding its niche in among the intriguing passageways and medieval doorways of the old town.
In this video London Walks take a walking tour of Cambridge to discover Mediaeval courts; emerald, velvet-soft lawns; the unearthly beauty of Kings College; Newton’s room and garden where he experimented; the willow-shrouded banks of the Cam; the Bridge of Sighs; the American cemetery; Darwin’s college and specimens from his famous voyage; the pub where the structure of DNA was announced and punting on the Cam.